Women’s Heart Health

Cardiology & Internal Medicine located in Merrillville , IN

Women’s Heart Health services offered in Merrillville , IN

Women’s heart health uses preventive screenings and healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare in Merrillville, Indiana, double board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician Stephanie Marshall, DO, FACOI, FACC, and her team use women’s heart health to prevent heart and vascular disease. Call the office to request a women’s heart health appointment or book online today.

What is women’s heart health?

Women’s heart health is a cardiology subspecialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents heart disease in women. Heart disease affects men and women, but it often presents different symptoms.

Routine checkups at Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare can determine your risk of heart disease and help prevent it from worsening.

What types of issues can benefit from women’s heart health?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, Dr. Marshall uses women’s heart health to treat various issues, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Problems with the heart’s valves and muscles
  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

You might also benefit from treatment if you have coronary microvascular disease, a condition that affects your coronary arteries.

Who should consider women’s heart health?

Make an appointment at Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Intermittent chest pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Unusual fatigue
  • General weakness
  • Shortness of breath

That’s especially true if you have these symptoms and you’ve been diagnosed with another condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Even if you aren’t having cardiovascular issues, undergoing an exam can provide peace of mind.

What happens during a women’s heart health visit?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, a women’s heart health visit begins with a review of your medical records, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your lifestyle, including if you smoke or drink alcohol and how often you exercise.

Next, Dr. Marshall completes a physical exam and orders diagnostic imaging, including an EKG, echocardiogram, and chest X-rays. She might also order lab draws, like blood work and urinalysis.

If Dr. Marshall determines you’re at risk of heart disease, she develops a custom treatment plan. Often, that includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, routine checkups, and prescription medication.

How can women reduce their risk of heart disease?

There’s no way to reduce the risk of heart disease entirely, but there are various things you can do to help. Dr. Marshall recommends eating a balanced diet that’s low in sodium, limiting your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day, and exercising regularly.

To learn more about women’s heart health, call Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare or book online today.